How To Manage Water Restrictions In Your Home

  • Shower instead of bathing. Take shorter showers and turn off the shower while soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse.

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing your hands. Don't let it run.

  • Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until they’re full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.

  • Do not leave the water running when washing dishes by hand. If you have a double basin, fill one with soapy water and one with clean water to rinse.

  • Grey water: Reusing and filtering the water from your shower, bath and laundry and then using it to irrigate your garden. This can be setup to work automatically, in conjunction with a rainwater system. Grey water should never ever be stored. This will spread disease and smell particularly badly!

  • Where possible, replace plants with hardier, drought resistant species. This article: Plants that tolerate dry South African conditions can help you find lists of drought tolerant ground covers, trees, shrubs and more.

  • Add compost: Compost increases the soil’s nutrient and water-retaining capability.

  • Keep an eye on your sprinklers: Use the precious water you are allowed wisely by staying close to your sprinklers and watching out for watering walls or paving.

  • Group plants with the same water needs together, so that you don’t overwater plants with varying water needs.

  • The best times to water your garden is at sunrise and sunset.

  • Invest in a quality pool cover – this can reduce evaporation by 90% and will keep water levels constant.

  • If you have a water heating system, remember to always cover your pool after swimming as warm water evaporates more quickly.

  • Rain harvest: If you live in an area that is still experiencing some rainfall, you could invest in rainwater harvesting – a system of pipes, pumps and tanks that harvest the rain that falls onto your roof and into your gutters.

  • A dripping tap (one drop per second) could waste up to 30 litres of water an hour, which adds up to 10 000 litres a year.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
— Winston Churchill...

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill